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Darrick Wood Support Faculty

In this section of the Darrick Wood website, we aim to provide guidance for all parents of children with an identified (K) or diagnosed (EHCP) SEN need. Many children find our school to be a very nurturing environment, a place that they enjoy and thrive in.

EHCP

Education, health and care (EHC) plans look at all your child's needs and brings together education, health and care services to achieve agreed outcomes. The focus is very much on what is important for children and young people – what they and you want to achieve now and in the future.

EHC plans are available from birth to 25 years old. Children undergo a variety of assessments from professionals and a specialist panel will look at agreeing a child needs additional funding. A yearly annual review will look at the type of support being offered to ensure it meets the outcomes for the child. The aim is to provide more equity to the child in the classroom.

K – SEN Support

SEN Support is the system by which schools should assess the needs of children, and then provide appropriate support. They are known as ‘K’ code on our school register, and we use a graduated approach to look at the ‘cycle’ of support that a child might need: Assess, Plan, Do, Review.

All identified children on the ‘Register of Need’ have a Pupil Profile, to alert staff to their need. This also provides strategies and insights into how the child should be taught in the classroom.

Transition

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We have included some transition resources that could help you frame how to assist your child when coming into Darrick Wood School, which we hope will be in the near future. Transition Back to School; it may be more useful to look on the advice from the websites below to find something more tailored to your child's needs:

Academic Learning

A visual timetable

This is a very useful tool to help your child look at what they must do during the day, giving them a reassuring routine. See below for one that you could follow, it has a variety of learning ideas.

A cut and stick version is also available via this link.

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Daily activities

Home Learning Ideas

Sensory Ideas

Useful things for children to have when studying:

Resources List

Try to do things that you both feel confident with. Do let us know about any enjoyable learning, experiences or activities you have done – we would love to hear!

Here are some useful websites to extend your child’s home learning:

Wellbeing

Parents and Carers, it is important that you all stay emotionally well. On this link are some top tips on how to take care of you and your family. Click the link to find places you can contact if you feel you need further help to manage in your home.

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If your child has autism, in this link are some social stories that will help reassure them. Try to read these with them every day. Attached are also bits and pieces from our Speech and Language Therapist about expressive and receptive language skills but also social communication issues that may arise.

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If your child has become anxious or withdrawn and is causing concern, try to encourage them to find a way to communicate their feelings. This may be in the form of a diary, scrapbook or artwork. Your child may also be exhibiting more challenging behaviours, which is a way of communicating their anxieties, worries or fears. Please find in the linked folder, activities to help your child better understand and reflect upon their behaviours, and build skills to help manage on a daily basis.

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If your child is angry, then give them some space to calm down. They won’t be able to learn is they are unhappy. Do not push them to talk if they are angry. Try some of the emotional literacy exercises to find out what has triggered this response. Do this when they are calm. Try to minimise or take away that trigger in the future. Use the fiddle tools above to help get them into a calm place. Some emotional literacy activities are on the link below.

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If your child has a cognitive issue i.e. dyslexia or visual stress and needs to change the background of their computer, please find a PDF here on how to modify the colour, to suit your child’s needs. Where possible, ask your child to make flashcards to help them learn new words that they are being introduced to. Use this printable Word Aware chart to help think about making new words memorable and in a context.

The Learning Hubs

Darrick Wood School is very privileged to have well trained, passionate and dedicated staff, suited to meeting your child’s emotional and social needs. The KS3 and KS4 Learning Hubs are nurture rooms that provide a space for reflection, intervention and positivity to enable your child to learn in school in the most successful way possible. Access to The Hubs is given to children by the SENCo in conjunction from the Achievement Coordinator.

Learning Hub
Learning Hub
Learning Hub
Learning Hub
Learning Hub
Learning Hub


Darrick Wood School would like to thank the London Borough of Bromley for collaborating with schools in the area to help compile the website lists (N.B. these sites are not endorsed by LBB nor DWS). We are always looking to develop our offering. If we have missed or overlooked something, please get in touch and let us know. Please contact us on the SENCo email senco@darrickwood.bromley.sch.uk if you would like us to add or clarify anything.

Wishing you happy, healthy homes!